My Jurassic Milk snake, Puff, has had a recurring eye problem for years now, where the outer layer would swell and fill up with water. He saw one vet while I still lived in FL, who was unable to figure out what the problem was. He saw another here in Michigan, who poked, and prodded, and said "beats me, but here is some ointment for it" (which did nothing). I was beginning to think this might just be 'normal' for him, and that maybe his eyecap was just loose, and would fill with water prior to a shed (which is when the swelling was the most prominent.) Last week as I was packing for vacation, and checking on everyone before leaving, I noticed that his eye had filled with pus and blood this time instead of water. My mom, awesome snake-sitter that she is said she could take him to the vets so I wouldn't have to cancel my vacation (which I was about to do). An appointment was made, and he went in to a new vet on Wednesday with my mom. I was on the phone with them during this time to make decisions. My mom knows my snakes and their history and husbandry well enough to answer the questions the vet had. She also had his complete health records and notes from previous vets about the problem. As it turns out, his eye had abscessed this time. The vet drained it, and rinsed it with saline. The pus was taken for culture, and Puff was given Gentamicin, a broad spectrum antibiotic ointment for his eye. Once the culture results are back, the vet will advise the best antibiotic for what was found, which may or may not be Gentamicin. I should have the results by Monday. The vet said that the abscess had not spread to the brain or mouth, which was a concern. Also, it had not originated in one of those places and spread to the eye - which is good news, it means the infection is pretty well contained, and not getting around. She said this was caused by a buildup of shed on the eye, even though it did not appear to have extra layers, and the sheds lately have all showed the eye-caps having come off. She expects that now that the outer layer has been cut, it will fall off soon, probably when applying the ointment. If it doesn't she will remove it when he goes back in for a follow up. As far as we can tell at this point, the infection didn't actually damage the eye itself, and it won't have to be removed (assuming the infection responds to treatment.) He still had an intact operculum underneath the one she cut open, so the eye itself may be totally fine. It's too hard to tell just yet (and far from clear enough to see.) I'll try and get some pics, but right now, he looks pretty bad. Other than the eye problem, he is in great health, has good body weight, muscle tone, and activity level. Is still very inquisitive. Overall, the prognosis is pretty good for him right now.